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JAP "STAND ERECT" METHOD OF TORTURE

N.Z. AIRMAN'S ORDEAL

Cruelty To Find Out About Mosquito Planes

Nβ. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 2.30 p.m. SYDNEY, this day. Forced by the Japanese to stand erect for five days and five nights, the only support Flight-Lieutenant Chff S. Emeny, of Taranaki, had in that time was when he leant against the point of a nail protruding from the wall.

The Japanese were trying to make Emeny reveal secrets about nis unit and Mosquito planes. They dragged him to his feet again if he dropped off to sleep and fell to the ground.

Emeny, who left New Zealand with the first Air Force unit five and a half years ago, was "medicine man in Rangoon gaol. He is now in Sydney. He said the Japanese used the stand erect method of torture after repeated questioning and bashings had failed to loosen his tongue. He was made to stand in the "at ease" position in the broiling sun and at the mercy of flies by day and of cold and mosquitoes by night.

"On the fourth night, with a less sadistic N.C.O. in charge, I edged towards the building and rested my finger on the point of a nail," said Emeny. "It lifted some of the aches from my body. I don't know how long I leant on the nail but it was nowhere long enough. After the fifth day I gave in and told a fantastic story about my unit and the ■ performance of the Mosquito planes."

Emeny said that of 106 prisoners in Rangoon gaol only four died—one due to heart failure. Emeny was chosen as a doctor because "I had done a bit of cow doctoring in the country." His remedy for malaria was to fill the patient with water and cover him with sacks, forcing him to sweat it out in a day, sometimes in a few hours.

"It's an old Maori remedy for colds and I had used it on myself when out in the back country," he •concluded.

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JAP "STAND ERECT" METHOD OF TORTURE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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JAP "STAND ERECT" METHOD OF TORTURE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 166, 16 July 1945

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